The Campaign’s Dylan McDermott discusses his inner assassin

The Campaign’s Dylan McDermott discusses his inner assassin

The Campaign’s Dylan McDermott discusses his inner assassin

0 comments 📅18 January 2013, 03:08

The Campaign’s Dylan McDermott on unleashing his inner political enforcer, with just a hint of Karl Rove… 

Taking on a comic role in The Campaign wasn’t a stretch for Dylan McDermott, as the actor started out in stand-up in New York and has previously hosted Saturday Night Live.

Zach Galifianakis and Dylan McDermott in The Campaign

And McDermott says he didn’t have to look too deep  to play Tim Wattley, a political fixer willing to win at any cost.

“I don’t live my life that way. But there’s probably that guy somewhere inside me or I wouldn’t be able to play him. As an actor I day dream and imagine what the guy does, what he eats, what kind of underwear he wears, where he hangs out, where he grew up, what clothes he wears and what his relationship with women is like. I just fantasise and then all of a sudden he comes,” he says.

The star of American Horror Story, The Perks Of Being A Wallflower and the upcoming White House terrorist drama Olympus Has Fallen also claims to have taken a little bit of real-life inspiration.

“I did take a little bit of Karl Rove, but I really just found that guy inside me somewhere. He just came out,” he says.

McDermott, who stars alongside Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis in the political comedy, appears to sympathise with the tough job spin doctors have when it comes to cleaning up somebody else’s mess.

“I find it is fascinating, actually,” he admits. “It can be done and it is done every day. So it’s pretty exciting to play that. I look at my character as an assassin. He comes in and just gets it done at any cost. He’s an enforcer.”

Read the full interview with Dylan McDermott at

The Campaign is released in the UK on 21 January 2013 and is available on DVD and Blu-ray.

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